Workers at the UK’s biggest container port in Felixstowe are to strike for eight days

Global Mobility News Alert: Eight days of strike action at the Felixstowe port will run from Sunday, 21 August, to Monday, 29 August
Strike at the Port of Felixstowe. Dock worker pictured.
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As the cost of living continues to rise, another strike at the Port of Felixstowe is announced. Around 1,900 Unite union members will walk out on 21 August after rejecting an offer from Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company. Negotiations failed after the Port of Felixstowe, owned by a CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. unit, didn’t improve its offer of a 7% pay increase.

According to Unite, eight days of strike action at the port will run from Sunday, 21 August, to Monday, 29 August.

The Port of Felixstowe, a vital hub for container shipping, stands as Britain’s largest and busiest, ranking among the biggest in Europe. Managing over 4 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) annually, the port receives around 2,000 ships, including the largest container vessels currently afloat.

A strike at the Port of Felixstowe, northeast of London, in the UK, will have a significant impact on the timely shipment of household goods and personal effects as it facilitates operations for 17 shipping lines, providing 33 services connecting to over 700 global ports. This a crucial hub for imports and some exports from the UK account for nearly half the country’s container trade. According to a union spokesperson, “…the strikes will have a massive effect on supply chains and cause severe disruption to the international maritime business.”

Your Arpin UK Service team is aware of all shipments that may be impacted and will ensure appropriate parties are kept informed of any potential service disruption.

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